182/2018 Mr Paul Hearst and Evolve Politics
Publication: Evolve Politics
Date of complaint: 06 November 2018
Date complaint accepted: 20 December 2018
Date of adjudication: 13 February 2019
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1 and 1.2 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld. Breach of Clauses 1.1 and 1.2. Publisher to publish the full adjudication.
Summary of complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Paul Hearst, a third-party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information. He has confirmed to IMPRESS that he is not an affected party or the representative of an affected party.
1.2. The Respondent is Evolve Media Limited, a news website covering current affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 23/11/2017.
1.3. The complaint concerns an article that first appeared in Evolve Politics on Saturday 3 November 2018 with the headline “EXCLUSIVE: Tory DWP Secretary Esther McVey ‘fails to declare official link to shady £20m Political Campaigning Firm’”.
1.4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code.
The relevant clauses are:
Clause 1 (Accuracy)
1.1. Publishers must take all reasonable steps to ensure accuracy.
1.2. Publishers must correct any significant inaccuracy with due prominence, which should normally be equal prominence, at the earliest opportunity.
1.3. Publishers must always distinguish clearly between statements of fact, conjecture and opinion.
1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts.